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DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Aug 16, 2012 - 2:46:53pm
The primary dust settled, leaving two of five contenders for the District 1 seat on the County Council: Republicans Pat Patterson and Jeff Allebach. In November, voters will determine which one will take the District 1 seat, which covers West Volusia from Pierson and Seville down to the north half of DeBary.
Patterson, with 34.11 percent of the tally, was the top vote-getter in the Aug. 14 primary. Allebach came in second, with 24.11 percent of the vote.
Knocked out of the race were Missy Kelly with 20.86 percent, Ronnie Mills with 13.52 percent, and Terry Dilligard Sr. with 7.41 percent of the vote.
Patterson, of DeLand, who served in the state House of Representatives 1998-2000 and 2002-10, and who served on the Volusia County Council 1995-98, said he's ready for the race.
Asked what he sees as his advantage over Allebach, Patterson said the two Republicans are alike in some ways. The difference Patterson sees is that, "I think my thinking is a lot more global," Patterson said.
While he has the experience and know-how at the state and local levels, Patterson said, Allebach's experience has been at "the very local city level."
Allebach served on the Orange City Council 2002-09. He also overcame acute myeloid leukemia after completing his service in Orange City.
Allebach said he will have the advantage, "Because I think our message is more recent and relevant to Volusia County."
Allebach wants to streamline county operations, draw more businesses to Volusia County, and improve public safety. He'll bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the County Council, he said.
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